In its proposed budget for 2013-14, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) says it wants to sell up to $50 million worth of state land in the coming fiscal year to buy more conservation land.   DEP requested no new revenue for the Florida Forever land acquisition program but intends to generate funds by selling land.  

The Florida Forever program received at least $300 million annually through 2008, but was funded at only $8.3 million last year.  According to a DEP spokesman Patrick Gillespie, the department believes that it can upgrade and get a better ecological value for the taxpayer dollar by selling land with no conservation value in order to buy land that does have conservation value.  

For more information or questions please contact FAC Environmental Advocate Stephen James.